U.N Council Warns Military To Stay Out Of Guinea-Bissau Crisis

United Nations (United States) - The U.N Security Council on Friday discussed the unfolding crisis in Guinea-Bissau and stressed that security forces must stay out of it.

The west African country has been rattled by the president's decision to sack his prime minister over a series of disputes including the naming of a new army chief.

A military coup in 2012 threw Guinea-Bissau into chaos and the country has barely begun to recover following last year's election.

In a unanimous statement, the 15-member U.N Security Council urged all sides to "resolve the ongoing political dispute in the interest of peace in Guinea-Bissau."

Council members "underscored the importance of the non-interference of security forces in the political situation."

The U.N's envoy to Guinea-Bissau, Miguel Trovoada, and Senegal's President Macky Sall were working to try to ease the crisis.

The council said it would continue to follow the situation closely.

Guinea-Bissau's President Jose Mario Vaz said his fallout with Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira stemmed partly from the appointment of a new armed forces chief, a post of key influence in the small nation known as a hub in drug trafficking between South America and Europe.

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